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With Windows XP at end-of-life, Windows 7 and 8.1 represent the lion's share of supported Windows desktop installations. It's the perfect time to modernize VCL applications and take advantage of new features and styles in Windows 7 and 8.1. RAD Studio XE7 delivers the features you need to modernize your applications including taskbar and jumplist components, Windows 7 and 8.1 Modern UI styles, and Surface Pro tablet support including VCL sensor components.
Windows 7 and 8.1 Platform Styles
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 add some fresh UI elements for Windows users. With Windows 8, Windows applications took on a new look a feel with Modern UI (formerly Metro UI). RAD Studio XE7 lets you style or update an existing VCL application to take on this new look and feel. Windows 8 Modern UI Style can even be used on a Windows 7 desktop with VCL Styles.
Give your apps a Windows 7, 8.1 or custom look with new VCL Styles
Use VCL Styles to apply a custom or Windows 7 or 8.1 look and feel to your applications. Styles are applied to your existing components and UI elements so it's easy to get a new look without swapping out components. Choose from the included, professionally designed styles or use the Style Designer to customize or create your own. Styles are now applied to the Windows border and menus plus brand new custom styles are included in RAD Studio XE7.
Taskbar Controls and Previews
Windows 7 introduced taskbar previews and other UI elements for interacting with your application from the taskbar. In addition to previews and selection of open windows for each app, add the new navigation user experience with jump lists. Easily add these taskbar controls to interact with your application with easy to use an integrate VCL controls.
Windows based tablets like Samsung Slate and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 are fully enabled Intel devices with Windows 8. These tablet form factors enable new form factors and sensors to the developer and end user. From location (GPS) to motion sensors such as Orientation and Motion, add new ways for users to interact with your VCL application on a Windows based tablets.
Expand your Reach with Bluetooth
Use the native Bluetooth support in XE7 to let your Windows applications interact with external devices and sensor. And for your customers on Windows 8, the new BluetoothLE component is ready for use in new and existing VCL applications.
Fast Code Faster with Parallel Programming
Enhance your applications by leveraging multi-threading and multi-core CPUs easily, thanks to the new Parallel Programming library of XE7. With parallel for loops, tasks and futures, threading has never been easier and your code has never been faster.